Great Lakes Science Boot Camp

For Librarians

Thank you for a great Boot Camp! See you at the University of Chicago in 2019!

What is Boot Camp?

The Great Lakes Science Boot Camp for Librarians is an opportunity for librarians working with science researchers to learn more about science researchers and their spaces.

This annual event includes talks from scientists and librarians, activities, and tours of science facilities.

Why Attend?

  • Low cost - including food and housing!
  • Meet other science librarians from the region - and beyond.
  • Tour cutting edge labs, research facilities, and even outdoor research spaces.
  • Hear from researchers and how libraries impact their work.
  • See how other schools do things and come home with neat ideas!


"I was surprised Notre Dame (2016) had a glass blowing lab. It was a really cool space and Kiva Ford (the glassblower) has some great videos about his work online. Something totally unexpected!"

-Danny Dotson, OSU (organizer)

"Boot camp is unique in its combination of excellent presentations from scientists and librarians alike, in a campus setting with plenty of time for collegial conversation and engaging with researchers in lab and field tours. The focus on timely, important research in the Great Lakes region makes it especially relevant. Each boot camp (this will be my fifth!) has been highly rewarding - fascinating content and fun experiences. I always return to my library with renewed enthusiasm, a lot more knowledge, and ideas for improving our services and collections."

-Alison Ricker, Oberlin College

2018 Planning Group

Marci Brandenburg (University of Michigan)Danny Dotson (The Ohio State University)Robin Ford (Michigan State University)Thom Gerrish (University of Michigan)Kelly Grossmann (Eastern Michigan University)Jenny Hart (The University of Chicago)Elizabeth Hoover de Galvez (Coe College)Sarah Huber (Purdue University), Co-ChairBethany McGowan (Purdue University), Co-ChairJohn Meier (The Pennsylvania State University)Margaret Phillips (Purdue University)Jason Reed (Purdue University)Matt Schultz (Grand Valley State University)Barbara Sisolak (University of Wisconsin - Madison)Eric Tans (Michigan State University)Joanna Thielen (Oakland University)Denise A. Wetzel (Mississippi State University)

2018 Sponsors